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Bonfires for Peace: Music, Poetry and Arts for the Desaparecidos
The Traveling Bonfires, in cooperation with the Tag-Ani Performing Arts Society, Inc., presents the Bonfires for Peace, a benefit concert for the families of the Desaparecidos and the Free Jonas Burgos Movement on July 9, 2009, 7 pm at the Conspiracy Garden Café in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
This event is part of a series of Bonfires for Peace shows happening in California, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina and other states in the U.S., where Traveling Bonfires founder and executive director Pasckie Pascua is based.
The event will feature a mix of young and seasoned performers and artists in the mainstream and alternative arts industry that bonded together for the noble cause of peace and justice. Performers for the event include Joey Ayala, Cooky Chua, Maryjane Alejo, Rannie Raymundo, Jess Santiago and Mae Paner aka Juana Change, to name a few.
The Traveling Bonfires is a non-profit organization based in Long Beach, California, that aims to usher arts and music events to bring people together in celebration of peace and multicultural awareness. Traveling Bonfires is a brainchild of journalist-poet Pascua. The program initially functioned as the advocacy/fundraising subproject of the nonprofit The Philippine Independent Communication, Inc., a community organization established in New York City and registered in Albany NY in 2000. The Bonfires relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in 2002 and has since modified its organizational structure and target constituents, as well its mode of programming—by expanding its focus to other communities, apart from the Filipino American community.
Tag-Ani Performing Arts Society is a group of motivated theater artists that adheres to the belief that culture must serve to reform and transform the society. Tag-Ani is committed to a nationalist and people-oriented art, and commits itself to safeguarding the welfare and protecting and enriching the rights of Filipino artists and cultural workers. The heart of the organization’s commitment is its adherence to freedom of expression and promotion of artists’ rights.
For this event, the two organizations joined hands to assist the families of the Desaparecidos in search of their missing loved ones. 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will go to the families of the disappeared and the Jonas Burgos Movement.
Jonas Burgos, an activist and son of late press freedom icon Jose Burgos, was missing since April 28, 2007. He was abducted by a group of four armed men and a woman while having lunch at the Hapag Kainan in Ever Gotesco in Commonwealth Avenue. Witnesses said that Jonas was dragged into a maroon Toyota Revo van with a plate number TAB 194. Earlier investigations traced the plate number to an impounded vehicle at the 56th IB headquarters Philippine Army Camp in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Notably, the young Burgos was tagged as a member of the New People’s Army by the military.
The Desaparecidos is an organization founded in 2005 as a group of support for the families of the victims of enforced disappearances, rooting from the Marcos dictatorship up to the present administration. Since then, they have pounded on the halls of power to surface the victims and stop disappearances, and serve justice to all victims of human rights violations.
Tickets for the Traveling Bonfires cost Php 100. For more information, contact Maryjane Alejo 09208818856; (02) 7945485; firstname.lastname@example.org. (by Angelica Carballo)